BP gets what they deserve in Court: Nothing
Judge Barbier stuck to his guns today and dismissed BP`s objections to how the Claims Administrator ( Pat Juneau ) was administering the BP Settlement process. If you follow our blog this is exactly what we had predicted.
BP is expected to appeal to the 5th circuit, where once again they will most likely not find any relief, why, because they signed the BP Settlement, and they will not be allowed to rewrite it.
Pat Juneau is doing an excellent job administering it, and everyone knows BP is just out to save money.
BP was trying to change the Settlement so they did not have to pay people in the following Industries.
- Construction Industry
- Agriculture Industry
- Professionals such as Lawyers, CPA`s, and Doctors
- and more, its a long list, etc., etc., etc.
The BP Settlement is what it is, consider it etched in stone, and if you meet the terms of the Settlement you will get paid.
Judge Barbier also commented on BP suing Pat Juneau for doing his job today. He said, “As a matter of law, how can a claims administrator be in breach of his contract if all he’s doing is applying it as he believes it should be applied, and now as ordered by the court?” Barbier asked. “How can that possibly be a breach of contract.”
We applaud the Judge for sticking up for the people and the Claims Administrator today.
Incomplete BP Claims
The biggest issue many have had is presenting a proper BP Claims package to the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Fund. This results in the majority of incompletes.
There have been other issues that we hear about on our facebook page of people getting incompletes for information that is already in the claim package, we heard of that more frequently about 6 months back, but evidently there still may be some issues, however we hear about this far less frequently now.
Some of this has been learning curve issues for those of us in the processing business, but after getting a number of successful claims through, we pretty well have this down to a science.
What people who handle their own BP Claims fail to realize is that when you handle literally hundreds or thousands of claims, as we and our strategic partners do. We build relationships with the people processing the claims, we have Liaisons CPA`s, and processors, that all work within the DeepWater Horizon Settlement infrastructure, and quite often instead of getting Incomplete notices we get a phone call or an email, letting us know what we have to adress. This saves time, and frustration.
Liens and Lawyers
The Judge also admonished a few attorneys today for putting liens on BP Settlement Claims. We have been hearing a lot about this recently. If an Attorney has put a lot of time into a file, and the person decided to go elsewhere, the Attorney may elect to put a lien on the file. That is understandable, what is not understandable is when you may have engaged them but never gave them any information and they try to put a lien on your file for 25%. It gets even crazier when the client claims he never even engaged the Attorney, but the Attorney is still putting a lien on their file, and that has happened.
AR1`s help clients move from one firm to another
There is an apparatus in the DeepWater Horizon Settlement that deals with the lien issues, we will probably see this come into play more often in the near future. There is also a form known as an AR1 that allows clients to move from one attorney to another, or from an Attorney to a processor, or vice versa. Ar1`s have made moving claimants from one firm to another much easier.
Our BP Settlement Team
We have compiled the best talent for filing BP Settlement Claims in the Country, we have:
- Large Loss specialists that work on large corporate claims
- we have Business Claims specialists
- Individual Claims experts
- and a group specializing in Medical Claims that will get qualified clients to a Doctor
- BP Appeal Attorneys ( read below)
We also have Attorneys based in New Orleans that are specialists in handling BP Appeals, BP Settlement Appeals are on the upswing, and having a great group of Attorneys specializing in this, is a new and needed part of our Network.
As always we will help you with your BP Settlement and Beyond.